Earlier this year, I compiled my Crochet Lover’s Ultimate Buying Guide to 2016 Crochet Books and Robyn Chachula’s Vintage Modern Crochet: Classic Crochet Lace Techniques for Contemporary Style was right there on the list. Today is our closer look at this book. It’s a great title to add to your crochet book library, especially if you love romantic designs, trying out new techniques and doing something just slightly unexpected in your craft.
When the book arrived, the first thing that I noticed was that the cover image looks just like a crochet mandala! I can’t remember now if I’d ever seen the book cover before now, but if I did, it was before crochet mandalas were popular and way before I launched the Mandalas for Marinke project. But after my initial surprise at the book’s cover, I realized that it didn’t surprise me at all, because the piece is so artistic and beautiful and this is exactly what Del, and many of the other designers from that time were doing as they pushed the envelope in crochet.
The awareness might be relatively new but crocheting to heal isn’t new at all and I’m always excited when I see references to it in articles from the past. For example, I learned about crocheter Merril Hawkins from a 1974 article in the Ocala Star-Banner.
What was going on in the world of crochet in 1942? Let’s discover …
Kathy explained to me that she had received a pile of things from her husband’s parents’ house. Her sisters-in-law didn’t want the items but she was amazed to discover the treasure of a vintage crochet filet flag. She loved it immediately and had it framed, but she didn’t have any information about the piece.
I’m continuing my steady research into vintage crochet history. We finished up 1930s crochet and started with 1940 last month. So that means today I’m checking out what happened in crochet in 1941.
It’s time to begin a new decade in my research into vintage crochet history. We finished up 1930s crochet and now let’s move into the 1940’s, starting, of course, with the first year of the decade. Here’s what I found so far in crochet from 1940.